USD School of Law's free legal clinics offer assistance to underserved members of society while providing opportunities for students to learn first-hand from highly skilled attorneys and interact directly with actual clients. Gifts to the legal clinics help the public and help students gain valuable legal experience before graduating from the law school.
The Appellate Clinic provides students the opportunity to litigate an appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is a year-long clinic in which teams of students will handle appeals from start to finish.
Assists in supplemental Social Security Income and Social Security disability, uninsured motorist defense and consumer issues.
Provides comprehensive legal assistance to individuals who wish to start or expand a small business or not-for-profit organization, as well as for trademark and copyright issues.
Offers assistance for immigration-related problems such as asylum, immigrating family members, naturalization and deportation.
Represents low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the Franchise Tax Board in matters of state tax appeals.
Federal Income Tax Clinic
Represents taxpayers who have disputes with the Internal Revenue Service in matters such as collection actions or audits, earned income tax credits and offers in compromise.
Represents clients in matters such as Superior Court unlawful detainer trials and in administrative hearings involving federally subsidized Section 8 termination proceedings.
Provides assistance to individuals filing in the Small Claims Court (claims less than $7,500).
Represents the parents of children with special needs with public school issues including IEP eligibility and services, placement, suspensions and expulsions.
Provides free legal assistance to veterans in disputes with for-profit institutions over the use of GI Bill funds and predatory lending associated with education loans. Legal services range from advice to identification of potential claims to representation of student veterans in litigation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
For more information about giving to the law school's clinics, please call the Development and Alumni Relations Office at (619) 260-4692.